Ramble On Rose, Mexicali, Don't Ease Me In, Black-Throated Wind, Brown-Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, To Lay Me Down, The Race Is On, They Love Each Other, Me And Bobby McGee, Tennessee Jed, Big River, Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow, Casey Jones Promised Land-> Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Mississippi Half Step-> Dire Wolf, Looks Like Rain, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Truckin'-> The Other One-> Mind Left Body Jam-> Stella Blue; Sugar Magnolia; E: Uncle John's
S:MR > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN; via David Hollister, G. S. Hamilton; note UJB may be from different source?; note portions of set 2 on these discs are in "SBD order" vs. "true" order- see public comments for details
November 20, 2013 Subject:
I've long been a big fan of that Truckin' > OO jam, but hearing the rest of this show is interesting, if not utterly memorable. The always lovely Weather Report Suite, China Cat > Rider, and hearing the Stella conclusion on the tail end of that pretty famous medley is a treat. Rest of this show is rather shrug-your-shoulders. I prefer the following night for an overall show 'arc', but there is some good stuff here.
FWIW, I definitely do agree re: Bobby's sense of timing, etc. I guess Jerry would know best, but often I have the idea that if it is was up to him, he'd stay on the outer edge of the galaxy, noodling away for hours unless brought back in. It was more often than not Bobby who brought in the chords to signal the end of "Space". Some would maybe call that "cutting off the jam", but I dunno - would it have been cool to see a Dead show where Jerry is allowed to lead the band into deep space from Drums for a solid hour until the show ended? A few times, maybe. But not every night.
November 20, 2012 Subject:
... what i found interesting in this show is when the band moves into mind left body jam, jerry is one beat behind the rest of the band, but bobby leads and does not allow the band to adjust to jerry. this made me think either jerry is grossly self absorbed (i would be too) or bobby is being stubborn, or both. it's never resolved.
I think it's a little presumptuous to immediately presume something about a person's personality by listening to a mistake in the music. Jerry has been documented saying that if it weren't for Bobby's sense of time he would constantly be wandering off. While the band would trade who was leading the way often Jerry often said when he would get in the zone and lose himself he would look to Bobby to point him back to where he should be. It was a partnership that usually worked very well but it isn't uncommon in improvised music for a band to get off kilter temporarily when attempting to shift gears.
Either way....this show is sick.
October 28, 2012 Subject:
Good, but not great
Set I: 5 stars. Some of the best that '73 has to offer.
Set II: Some nice moments, but only fair for '73.
The best sound for this show is here.
November 21, 2010 Subject:
What a gem
A true 5***** & more. I will not add anything as it already hasbeen said. Download & enjoy.
March 29, 2010 Subject:
I was sitting outside the collisium today listening to this show,( Downloaded and on cd player) feeling nothing but the sweet kiss of the mile high sun and the cold kiss of a north wind blowing. The only thing that came to mind my was a north bound train and a gentle reminder that I was alive.
Thank you guys for the wonderful show.
*This half-step took a big black stapler and put one right between the eyes of old 73'
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
November 21, 2009 Subject:
Nice If You Like Guitars...
...and piano UP in the mix, and when it come to JG, most listeners do, but if you need a vocal mix to equal the instruments, this show is probably not going to do it for you -- unless you give it a while for the BAND to dial in the wall of sound, then the vocals come up in balance with the instrumentation and it's a near flawless recording and performance for the analog era.
This show's sound presentation and performance is as good as any live Led Zeppelin show. LZ was the rock standard in 1973 and I'll tell ya, the LZ musta been taking notes when the GD were putting up their Wall Of Sound.
Tempermental as it was, the WOS produced the finest concert sound ever heard. Subsequently, many of the innovations were copied by other major touring acts, re-engineered and incorporated into their stage setups, AND is still considered state of the art after nearly four decades. Ask John Meyer.
Of course, this recording is not a true soundboard -- if it was it would blow off both o'yer little ears. No, this is a 2-track feed off the mike taps.
The reason why these vocals seem a little off the mark is because this is the way the band heard them on stage and didn't perceive any need to change the levels. Since it's the band's mixing of the sound as they played, you are hearing this the same way the band heard it.
And that, my friend, was only done during a period from 9 Feb 73 Promised Land to 20 Oct 74 We Bid You Goodnite. Prior to that, and thereafter, shows have had soundboards.
The band was in fine form late in 73. I had just seen them for all 3 nights in SF and all shows were great. So, you could say the band was really firing all rounds.
August 13, 2009 Subject:
what else is there to say about an all around great show like this one?
Ending on Rider made me crack up!....top 10 Flub for sure. haha, anyone else catch that?
Denver got lucky indeed... this show is as good as it gets!
Note: I have another SBD of this where everything is panned 50/50 I hope this is just a fluke of my copy because it completely ruins the stereo spread...
May 9, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" November 20, 1973 at the Denver Coliseum, Denver, CO, U.S.A.
Super 73' Soundboard!
5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance & transfer.
5 stars for "dance"-ability'.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
Well produced and rehearsed the GRATEFUL DEAD set out to conquer their destiny as economic and musical plutocrats. There was no looking back, the "Future" called. Bigger was better, it was the way it was back then. Now it's all in the past. Over in the wink of an eye.
"Time" is the most precious thing in the universe; no matter how much money you have, you cannot buy back one single second of it. But you can record a show and keep it for future generations.
The GRATEFUL DEAD keep the groove in the pocket during this show, Denver got lucky.
I wonder why no other country has ever produced a band like the GRATEFUL DEAD? Who else but the U.S.A. would give people like the GRATEFUL DEAD the freedom to be themselves?
Here's one way to download this show:
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1973, my Senior year in HS.
August 29, 2008 Subject:
What a fantastic show beginning to end. Just about every moment of this show shines out. Tennessee Jed and the second set from China>Rider through Stella just plain rocks! This did more than just melt my face, I think it melted my whole dang body!
August 27, 2008 Subject:
The Un-Fearable Brightness Of Being There
Oh, my! Oh, dear sweet love, what a trove, what a treat of grace and gentle power.
This, this, this, my delicious sweet wags is what fueled the fans of delight and rapture and did, oh, yes, it did, cause so many to swoon and sway in throes of passionate twirling ecstazopluflostricy! Oh, Atlantis! Thy children are dancing in giddy hued smiles!
Hie thy to the cache, gentles, and with the fiery speed of Phoebus and the constance of Sol, glom these jewels ere' the Vaultrons stumble 'ponst this treasure and lock it with capital jealousy in their coffers!
'Sooth, sweetness, go to now, and abide in wonders.
Hie thy to the cache, gentles, and with the firey speed of Phoebus and the constance of Sol, glom these jewels ere' the Vaultrons stumble 'ponst this treause and lock it with capital jealousy in their coffers!
'Sooth, sweetness, go to now, and abide in wonders.
April 4, 2008 Subject:
to lay me down
is this not the most beautiful thing you have ever heard. Get em jer
September 23, 2005 Subject:
Feelin groovy & mind left body
Dick loved this show, and it's easy to see why. Lovely China>Rider transition, and the TOO>MLB is perfect. Crisp sound - all the instruments right in the mix (even if the vocals are a bit low). A top 5 from a great year
September 16, 2005 Subject:
I don't see how anyone can listen to shows like this and think there wasn't a VAST improvement by late '73 to early '73. Tone of guitars, SQ, instrumental performance, maybe singing as well, highly ratcheted up.
There's a passage in the "Other One" that ranks as one of the grooviest Dead moments of all time (maybe right before the "Mind Left Body"). I imagine Bob's inventive rhythm plays a part. I prefer '74, because it made the magic spooky and quiet, but the peaking began here in late '73.
The instrumental mix is great on this recording. I enjoy hearing Keith's piano - he is often drowned out by the guitars, but not here. Unfortunately, the vocals are set pretty low. It's hard to find a recording with everything set evenly well. A great concert if you don't need to hear the signing - we know the words anyway.
yes very underrated, the To Lay Me down is the best version out hter, doesn't drag or wade, inspires me to think what if, but also screams here's how! maybe that is the best gift of the band, Dire Wolf 2 thumbs up, Stella, love the TLEO on this night.
overshadowed by 11-11 and 11-17 of the month, both great institutions of GD sound, but doesn't have to stay this way right?
5 stars, more if i could, you know i would.
thankyou for the music.
January 22, 2005 Subject:
Fall Tour '73. Superb of course. The sound quality is 6 out of 5 all the bands instruments are clean and clear. Phil's bass really bombs away and there is no hiss.
Too bad more shows weren't of this caliber.
January 11, 2005 Subject:
the sound is great and the performance is great. just wanted to comment on something. one of the things that made the grateful dead such an amazing band was the band's ability to account for mistakes, often shifting the music by a half beat to adjust to where jerry is. (listen to the conclusion of slipknot 4/23/77 for a beautiful example). what i found interesting in this show is when the band moves into mind left body jam, jerry is one beat behind the rest of the band, but bobby leads and does not allow the band to adjust to jerry. this made me think either jerry is grossly self absorbed (i would be too) or bobby is being stubborn, or both. it's never resolved.
May 7, 2004 Subject:
Great set of shows from the Mile High City
This show and the following night's show really showcase where the GD were in their development in late 1973. They are both incredibly played shows and Highly recommended!
I'm not sure if this is the same source that I have, so my "star rating" is based solely on the performance quality. Regardless, this is worth the download. You won't be disappointed.